Ukrainian Artillery Destroys Russian OSA Surface-To-Air Missile System

These images show how Ukrainian artillery destroyed a Russian OSA surface-to-air missile system.

The footage shows the moment the Russian surface-to-air missile system is hit while partially hidden under a damaged building.

It can be seen receiving a direct hit that causes it to start burning.

Thick smoke can be seen rising into the air as the footage ends.

The images were obtained from the 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade named after Yakov Handziuk of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Thursday, 9th February, along with a statement saying: “A Russian ‘OSA’ anti-aircraft missile system is burning.

“This is thanks to the artillery unit of the 59th Brigade together with our comrades from the friendly artillery brigade. Together we are stronger. Together to victory!”

The images and statement were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday, 10th February.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 352nd day of the war.

Ukrainian artillery destroys a Russian OSA surface-to-air missile system in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 59th separate motorized infantry brigade on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. (@59OMPBr/Newsflash)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 10th February 2023, Russia had lost about 135,740 personnel, 3,258 tanks, 6,471 armoured combat vehicles, 2,251 artillery units, 463 multiple launch rocket systems, 233 air defence systems, 295 warplanes, 286 helicopters, 1,970 drones, 796 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,126 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 211 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that several European Union leaders are prepared to provide his country with combat aircraft.

Zelensky said on Thursday: “Europe will be with us until our victory. I’ve heard it from a number of European leaders … about the readiness to give us the necessary weapons and support, including the aircraft.”

He added: “I have a number of bilaterals now, we are going to raise the issue of the fighter jets and other aircraft.”

The Ukrainian president also urged European leaders to deliver weaponry faster and begin EU membership discussions with Ukraine this year.

A spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister said that Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was looking into “whether we can provide fighter jets in the future”.

But the UK government also said that it would not send combat aircraft to Ukraine if this created risks to British safety.

Russia has reportedly launched a major new offensive in eastern Ukraine and is attempting a push near the town of Kreminna, according to the Ukrainian Governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai.

Haidai said on Thursday that there had been “maximum escalation”, adding: “So far they haven’t had any success. Our defenders have been able to hold them back completely.”

Ukrainian artillery destroys a Russian OSA surface-to-air missile system in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 59th separate motorized infantry brigade on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. (@59OMPBr/Newsflash)

Russian drones and missiles have hit targets in southern and eastern Ukraine on Thursday night, with Serhiy Lysak, the Ukrainian military administrator for the Dnipropetrovsk region, saying that Shahed drones had been detected in the area.

Zelensky has claimed that Ukraine has intercepted Russian secret service plans to destroy Moldova.

Speaking in Brussels to EU leaders, Zelensky said that his services had intercepted evidence that “shows who, when and how was going to break the democracy of Moldova and establish control over Moldova.”

Zelensky said that he had immediately warned his Moldovan counterpart, President Maia Sandu.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said on Thursday that the EU must continue to provide support to Ukraine, saying: “We understand that the coming weeks and months will be of decisive importance.”

He added: “Artillery, munitions, defence systems … you have told us exactly what you need and what you need now.”

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced new sanctions against Russia worth more than EUR 10 billion, which are geared towards targeting propagandists for Russian President Vladimir Putin.